1st Edition

Collaborative Research Methods in the Arctic Experiences from Greenland

Edited By Anne Merrild Hansen, Carina Ren Copyright 2021
    174 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book addresses the growing demand for collaborative and reflexive scholarly engagement in the Arctic directed at providing relevant insights to tackle local challenges of arctic communities. It examines how arctic research can come to matter in new ways by combining methods and engagement in the field of inquiry in new and meaningful ways.  

    Research informs decisions affecting the futures of arctic communities. Due to its ability to include local concerns and practices, collaborative research could play a greater role in this process. By way of example of how to bring new voices to the fore in research, this edited collection presents experiences of researchers active in collaborative arctic research. It draws multidisciplinary perspectives from a broad range of academics in the fields such as law and medicine over tourism and business studies, planning and development, cultural studies, ethnology and anthropology. It also shares personal experiences of working in Greenland and with Greenlanders, whether communities, businesses and entrepreneurs, public officials and planners, patients or students.

    Offering useful insights into the current problems of Greenland representative of the arctic region, this book will be beneficial for researchers and scientists involved in arctic research.

    Henrik Halkier

    1. Collaborative Research Methods in the Arctic – Why and How?  
    Anne Merrild Hansen & Carina Ren  

    Part 1: New Positionalities and Reflections in Research  

    2. Telling the Good Story: A Conversation With Minik Rosing on Research Collaboration and Research in Greenland
    Anne Merrild Hansen

    3. Participatory Principles in Arctic Health Research 
    Stig Andersen 

    4. Arctic Auto-Ethnography: Unsettling Colonial Research Relations
    Naja Dyrendom Graugaard 

    Part 2: Case Examples  

    5. Industrial Development in Nuuk and Sermersooq: Empowerment Through Action Research
    Allan Næs Gjerding and Ina Drejer  

    6. Collaboration to Secure Relevance and Quality in a Study of EIA Practise in Extractive Industries in the Arctic 
    Sanne Vammen Larsen & Anne Merrild Hansen  

    7. Critical Proximity in Arctic Research: Reflections from the Arctic Winter Games 2016 
    Carina Ren & Robert C. Thomsen  

    8. Life Mapping: A Collaborative Approach to Tourism Collaboration in Greenland
    Daniela Chimirri 

    Part 3: Knowledge Collaboration Beyond Research 

    9. Development of Jurisprudence Research Through Engagement of Students 
    Louise Faber   

    10. Recruiting and Retaining Labour in Greenland – A PhD Project in Close Cooperation With Local Stakeholders 
    Verena Huppert   

    11. Co-Creating Knowledge for and With the Arctic: Future Avenues
    Carina Ren & Anne Merrild Hansen  



    Anne Merrild Hansen is professor in planning and impact assessment in the Arctic at Aalborg University and the head of the Research Platform AAU Arctic at Aalborg University. Her research is focused on social impact assessment in relation to extractive industries in the Arctic.

    Carina Ren is associate professor at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic at Aalborg University and the platform coordinator of AAU Arctic. Carina researches connections between tourism and other fields of the social through cultural innovation, knowledge collaboration and capacity building.